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Take a positive step towards feeling better – Access Sefton

Local NHS leaders are reminding Sefton residents that there is a free, confidential service to support people with anxiety, depression and other common mental health conditions.

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Sefton Council’s ‘Sefton in Mind’ campaign launched on Monday 10 September, covering the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day (10 October). The campaign aims to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Geraldine O’Carroll is the Senior Manager for Commissioning and Redesign at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG. She said:

“Everyone goes through difficult times, but sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we may feel that we can’t cope. If you are in this situation, you’re not alone.

“I recommend contacting Access Sefton for confidential advice and treatment. They can offer appointments at a variety of locations including GP surgeries across Sefton; and can also offer telephone-based or computer-based therapy where appropriate. They will work with you to find an option that’s best for you.”

Access Sefton is available to anyone aged 16+ and registered with a Sefton GP. You can self-refer via the website, by phone 0300 303 2708 or email You can also ask your GP to make a referral for you.

Ryan Forrest, Deputy Operations Manager at Access Sefton, added:

“As well as anxiety, depression and stress, talking therapies are an effective treatment for other common mental health conditions, including phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and panic.”

As part of the Sefton in Mind campaign, Sefton Council wants to know which parts of Sefton have a positive influence on your mental health. The aim is to create a positive mental health map of Sefton, showing the places where people go to feel better and in turn help reduce the social isolation that can often be a symptom of depression.

To get involved and help create the map, tell us about your favourite place and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil or email to

Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art

Lara Favaretto, Momentary Monument – The Stone, 2016. Photo: Mark McNulty

Liverpool Biennial is the UK biennial of contemporary art. Taking place every two years across the city in public spaces, galleries, museums and online, the Biennial commissions international artists to make and present work in the context of Liverpool. 

Liverpool Biennial 2018 runs from 14 July – 28 October and celebrates 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region. The 10th edition, titled Beautiful world, where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil. 

Make sure to visit the Liverpool Biennial before it closes - feed your mind.

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Formby Parish Council September Meeting

Formby Parish Council meets after the summer break.


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Members and Clerk of FPC (Source FPC Website)

Members of Formby Parish Council have been summoned to a full meeting of the Council this evening at 7.00 pm in Formby Library. Members of the public are always welcome to attend these meetings, the agenda is suspended for a period to allow them to ask questions or raise issues.

The agenda is posted below:

Notice of Meeting

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend the next Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council, which will be held at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby, on Tuesday 4 September 2018, at 7.00pm. 

Claire Jenkins

Clerk to Formby Parish Council


1.0 To receive Apologies

2.0 To Receive Declarations of Interest

3.0 Public Forum (the meeting will be adjourned for this item)

4.0 Previous Minutes

4.1 To consider and approve the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 3 July 2018.

5.0 Matters of Report from Previous Meeting – for information only

6.0 Planning Applications – Sefton’s weekly list email, also available on Sefton Council’s website.

6.1 To note current position on Formby Development Sites in Sefton’s Local Plan.

7.0 To discuss and resolve the following:

7.1 To discuss the meeting convened by Sefton Council highways regarding the Chapel Lane trees.

7.2 To approve expenditure of approximately £500 to purchase spring bulbs for the village planters.

7.3 To approve a grant of £2,500 for the publication of a book to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the end of WW1 as an historical piece of research into life in Formby at the time of the conflict.

7.4 To approve a grant of £750 to Frack Free Formby towards the cost of a traffic survey to include the Formby by-pass and the junction with Tesco, provided the survey is made available for parish council use.  

7.5 To note the External Auditor Report and certificate for the conclusion of audit for the year ending 31 March 2018. The Annual Governance and Accountability Return has been completed in accordance with Proper Practices and there are no matters to draw to the attention of the authority. 

8.0 To authorise Payments (enclosed)

9.0 Chairman’s Report  

10.0 To receive the following reports 

            Clerk’s report

            General Projects Group minutes

            Environment Group minutes

            Finance Group minutes

11.0 Date of Next Ordinary Meeting– Tuesday 2 October 2018 to be held in the Meeting Room, Formby Library at 7pm